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Comron Saifi, MD

Comron Saifi, MD Physician

Director of Clinical Spine Research Senior Fellow - Leonard Davis Instiute (LDI) Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Languages spoken:

  • English
  • Persian

Dr. Saifi is employed by Penn Medicine.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Orthopaedic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Clinical Expertise:

  • Back Injuries
  • Bowel incontinence (Fecal Incontinence)
  • Cervical Spinal Fusion Surgery
  • Compression Fractures
  • Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)
  • Herniated Disc
  • Kyphosis
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Myelopathy
  • Neck Injuries
  • Neck Masses and Lumps
  • Neck Pain
  • Neck Tumors
  • Radiculopathy
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spasticity
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Spinal Tumor
  • Spine Decompression
  • Spine Deformity
  • Spondylosis
  • Tarlov Cysts
  • Vertebral Fracture
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Amerihealth Caritas
  • Amerihealth Caritas Medicare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: Columbia University
Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center
Fellowship: Rush University Medical Center


American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery (AAOS), National AO Spine North America (AOSNA), International Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Local Lumbar Spine Research Society (LSRS), International North American Spine Society (NASS), International Orthopaedic Research Society (ORS), International University of Pennsylvania Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT), Local University of Pennsylvania-Penn Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders (PCMD), Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Saifi is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Description of Research Expertise:

Clinical Outcomes Research in Spine Surgery
Athymic Rat Model for Posterolateral Spinal Fusion
Bone Tissue Engineering
Biomechanical Research in Spine Surgery

Selected Publications:

Hendow CJ, Beschloss A, Louie PK, Lombardi JM, Shillingford J, Khan SR, Laratta JL, Arlet V, Saifi C: Economic Trends in Spinal Deformity Surgery in the United States between 2012 and 2015 Scoliosis Research Society (SRS) 54th Annual Meeting : 2019.

Saifi C, Lombardi JM, Phillips FM.: Anterior and Lateral Interbody Fusion: Indications and Techniques in Lumbar Scoliosis. International Society for the Study of the Lumbar Spine (ISSLS) Textbook. : 2019.

Saifi C, DeWald CJ: Restoration of anatomic thoracic kyphosis in AIS utilizing predictive algorithm to generate patient specific rod contours 26th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) : 2019.

Barton C, Kalakoti P, Bedard NA, Hendrickson NR, Saifi C, Pugely AJ.: What Are the Costs of Cervical Radiculopathy Prior to Surgical Treatment? Spine : 2019.

M. Burhan Janjua, Ali K. Ozturk, Nissim Ackshota, Brendan J. McShane, Comron Saifi, William C. Welch, Vincent Arlet: Surgical treatment of flat back syndrome with anterior hyperlordotic cages Operative Neurosurgery : 2019.

Cameron Barton, Nicholas A. Bedard, Piyush Kalakoti, Nathan R Hendrickson, Comron Saifi, Andrew J. Pugely.: What Are the Costs of Cervical Radiculopathy in the Year Prior to Anterior Cervical Discectomy and Fusion? North American Spine Society (NASS) 33rd Annual Meeting : 2018.

Piyush Kalakoti, Nicholas A. Bedard, Nathan R. Hendrickson, Comron Saifi, Andrew J. Pugely.: Opioid Utilization Following Lumbar Arthrodesis: Trends and Factors Associated with Long-Term Use North American Spine Society (NASS) 33rd Annual Meeting : 2018.

Steven M. Presciutti, Philip Louie, Comron Saifi, Christopher J. DeWald, Howard S. An: Sagittal Imbalance in Degenerative Scoliosis Can Be Corrected by Addressing Only the Symptomatic Levels in Carefully Selected Patients: A Retrospective Radiographic Study North American Spine Society (NASS) 33rd Annual Meeting : 2018.

Andrew J. Pugely, Piyush Kalakoti, Nicholas A., Bedard, Nathan R Hendrickson, Comron Saifi, Ronald A. Lehman Jr., K. Daniel Riew: Opioid Utilization Following Cervical Spine Surgery: Trends and Factors Associated with Long-Term Use North American Spine Society (NASS) 33rd Annual Meeting : 2018.

Saifi C, Cazzulino AS, Save AV, Shillingford JN, Louie PK, Laratta JL, Pugely AJ, Arlet V.: Utilization and Economic Impact of Posterolateral Fusion and Posterior/Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgeries in the United States Global Spine Journal : 2018.

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Academic Contact Info

The Spine Center at Pennsylvania Hospital
University of Pennsylvania Health System
801 Spruce Street, 8th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 829-7155
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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